Cute Yarn Snowman

November 2013

This little guy will make it to July

In Shel Silverstein‘s “Where the Sidewalk Ends,” there is a story about a snowman who is determined to make it to July. Sweet story.

So, tonight I have a fun and easy Christmas craft to share with you — inspired by that story and another blog I sometimes take a peek at:   http://madeinaday.com/2011/11/21/yarnsnowmanpinterestshowtell/

It’s one of the first crafts I “pinned” to my “Christmas Inspirations” board on Pinterest, but I changed it up a little. Kim’s completed project is 3-feet high, mine is about a foot high. But do take a look at hers; you might like it even better.

Here’s what you’ll need to make this adorable snowman:

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White yarn, 20-gauge black wire, wire clippers, black buttons, sticky glue or hot glue gun, 2-inch wide ribbon of your choice and scissors.

 

I rolled up the yarn into three balls. One is about 5-inches in diameter, the next is about 4-inches in diameter and the third one is about 3-inches in diameter. I used a little blob of sticky glue to hold the end of the yarn in place. You can use styrofoam balls and wrap the yarn around them. I just didn’t want the added weight, but it’s perfectly fine to do that.

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Then I used the hot glue gun to glue all three of the balls together and to glue the buttons in place. (It was just faster that way.) This little snowman will not stand up on his own. You’ll have to lean him against something.
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Cut two pieces of the black wire into 18-inch lengths. Twist the wire forming the hand and arms of the snowman, as shown below. Remember this is a primitive looking snowman, so perfection is thrown out the window.
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Then using the glue gun, put some glue on the end of the arm and stab it into the middle ball of yarn, about where the snowman’s arms would be. Repeat on the other side, so your snowman has two arms.
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The snowman’s hat is a tad more difficult. Start wrapping the black wire around something that is about 3 1/2-inches in diameter to form the brim. (I used a can of vegetables.)  Wrap it about four or five times, then switch to something that is about 2-inches in diameter. (I used an empty paper towel roll.) Wrap it about eight times, then cut the wire and keep working with it until the hat holds its shape.
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Tie a piece of your favorite ribbon around the snowman’s neck for his scarf and you can call this project “done.” Remember, he’ll need to lean against something, maybe in the corner of your couch?
How cute is he?
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